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Into the Green: A Reconnaissance by Fire

by Cherokee Paul McDonald

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3595. Into the Green: A Reconnaissance by Fire, by Cherokee Paul McDonald (read 4 July 2002) The author spent a year in Vietnam in 1968-1969. This is not an "account" but rather is made up of vignettes of things about his time there. The format of the book is not what I would have preferred, but the book is powerful. And one is revolted by his account of his experience when he returned home and was spat at by a "woman." There is much good about this book, written long after the events without benefit, the author says, of any journal, indicating the searing effect on his memory of what he went thru. ( )
  Schmerguls | Nov 18, 2007 |
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Into the Green is Cherokee Paul McDonald's stark and stirring account of his three years as an Artillery Forward Observer in Vietnam. Born out of memories and emotions, and the weight of conscience, it is an eloquent meditation on what it means to be a soldier. McDonald tells his story "in the voice of memory; as a writer looking back." He wanted to capture the immediacy of war moment by moment-the tastes, the textures, the colors, smells, and emotions that have stayed with him forever. In a series of interlocking episodes he describes the daily grind of military life and the terror and brutality of active combat. He talks about the men who were his comrades and friends, and nights spent in the impenetrable darkness of steaming jungles beneath a triple canopy of green in the central highlands of Vietnam. An indelible portrait of a soldier and of the physical and emotional destruction that is the legacy of all wars, Into the Green is a haunting chronicle of a place and a time that will never fade from memory.

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